SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Many nonprofit and volunteer organizations in western Massachusetts offered their services to the community Friday for United Way's 27th annual Day of Caring.
Known as the largest day of service in the Pioneer Valley, the nonprofit organization brings over 1,000 volunteers together to participate in community service around the region.
The United Way of the Pioneer Valley saw many groups including volunteers from the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club as well the Gray House nonprofit in Springfield spent their day cleaning up local gardens.
"Right now we're doing a little bit of yard work," said Matt Bannister, a volunteer from PeoplesBank. "Just to kind of neaten up the place. And tonight or a little bit later today we'll be packing up food bags for folks who will come and pick up supplies for the weekend, so it's really whatever they need."
Many of the volunteers said the goal of the Day of Caring is to build a healthier and stronger community. Bannister was among the crew of one of the volunteer organizations and said many individuals are struggling in their day to day lives so every little bit of support helps.
"I think a society is only judged by how well we treat the least fortunate among us," Bannister said. "So any chance that we have to give back is a good opportunity to do some good and to feel good about the contribution you're making."
People still looking to volunteer can find opportunities on the United Way of Pioneer Valley website.